Archive for Artists Reception

Eline Barclay’s paintings featured at The Gallery at Somes Sound

Eline Barclay, “Towards Dawn.”

The Gallery at Somes Sound will feature work by Eline Barclay with an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 2.

On the downeast coast of Maine, in Eline Barclay’s studio overlooking the pleasant river marsh, she has found the perfect synthesis of solitude and inspiration. Wetlands, tidal and freshwater, have always comprised a major part of her iconography. Barclay’s paintings are moody and atmospheric and grounded in the tradition of tonalism. They reflect a deep absorption in nature. Barclay’s response to this landscape is inner peacefulness and yet also a mood of elegy reflecting a deep concern for a threatened ecosystem.

Five percent of sales from Barclay’s show will be donated to the Land & Garden Preserve.

View her work online at https://www.galleryatsomessound.com/all-artists/profile/eline-barclay.

For your comfort and safety, a maximum of 12 people will be at this event. Make a reservation at https://www.galleryatsomessound.com/events/post/eline-barclay.

The Gallery at Somes Sound is at 1112 Main St., Mount Desert. Email www.galleryatsomessound.com, or call 207-610-4622 for more information.

Carol Eisenberg exhibits at Carver Hill Gallery

“Morning Waterlilies,” by Carol Eisenberg.

Carol Eisenberg will show photo-based digital paintings at the Carver Hill Gallery from Sept. 6 to Oct. 5.

An opening reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 6.

Carver Hill Gallery is at 28 Bayview St., Camden. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Private viewings are available by appointment. Email carverhillgallerymaine@gmail.com or call 207-542-9895 for more information.

Three Solo Exhibits Open at Dowling Walsh Gallery

“The Poppy and the Greenhouse,” by Cig Harvey.

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three solo exhibitions in July featuring work by Cig Harvey, Jenny Brillhart and Marilynn Gelfman Karp.

The gallery will host an artist reception on opening day from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 3 and a gallery open house each Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. The shows run through Aug. 1.

Cig Harvey’s exhibition, “Eat Flowers,” is a feverish exploration into how things feel, as represented through photography. The profusion of color and nature is a visual reminder that we are alive, and embracing it celebrates the basic human desire to be surrounded by beauty. These new photographs aim to bombard our primal senses. They are riotous and gluttonous, explosive and dramatic, full of life yet somehow simultaneously suffocating and terrifying.

Harvey’s artistic practice seeks to find the magical in everyday life. It is deeply rooted in the natural environment and offers explorations of belonging and familial relationships. Her photographs and artist books have been widely exhibited and remain in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. She lives in Rockport.

“Blue Moon,” by Jenny Brillhart.

Jenny Brillhart received a BFA from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and an MFA in painting from the The New York Academy of Art. She has shown her work in Berlin and Florida and in 2017 exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in a two-person show alongside artist Sara Stites. Brillhart is included in the 2019 deCordova New England Biennial. She lives and works in Stonington.

“Birdseye Sunset at the Equator Specimen,” by Marilynn Gelfman Karp.

Marilynn Karp is a sculptor whose mixed-media, found object works are represented in collections nationally and abroad. She holds a doctorate in physics and aesthetics and has taught art and material culture at New York University for 42 years. Karp is the author of “In Flagrante Collecto: Caught in the Act of Collecting” (Abrams, 2006) as well as the forthcoming book “Uncorked: A Corkscrew Collection” (Abbeville, 2020). She has given interviews, presented papers, and appeared on panels at museums and universities on various topics within the purview of collecting. She is the president of the Anonymous Arts Recovery Society and a trustee and board member of the Preservation League of New York State. Karp divides her time between her New York City studio and a farmhouse in upstate New York.

“Immersed in the rural landscape, I found miraculously enlightening instances of the mergence of the natural and the manmade by birds and insects,” Karp says. “This has informed and adapted my eye to the bird’s eye view and the wasp’s stunning utilization of architecture and utility meters as habitats. I now play their game with their abandoned nests and turn the tables to invent what they might have done in different times and places. As an avid observer of material culture, my sculptures suggest that the impetus to acquire, organize and integrate is proof that the hunter-gatherer instinct is alive and well.”

Dowling Walsh Gallery is at 365 Main St., Rockland. Go to www.dowlingwalsh.com, or call 207-596-0084 for more information.

Carol Douglas Exhibits ‘Argentina in Quarantine’

Carol Douglas painting in El Chaltén, Patagonia. Photo by Douglas Perot.

Work by Carol Douglas will be exhibited in “Argentina in Quarantine” on July 11. A reception from 2 to 6 p.m. will be held at the artist’s home studio/gallery, located at 394 Commercial St., Rockport.

In March, Douglas traveled to Patagonia to paint with a small group of fellow artists. COVID-19 was still a distant threat on the world stage. That didn’t last long. Within 48 hours, the Argentines closed down all internal flights. The group was effectively stuck in the tiny village of El Chaltén.

At first, that just meant no contact with the locals, but as the days went by, the cordon sanitaire tightened. At one point, Douglas had spiked a fever and was confined to her room.

“It turned out to be a parasite, but of course we didn’t know that at the time,” she said.

Meanwhile, it was getting colder in Patagonia. Termination dust — the first snow of the year at high elevations — appeared on the mountains. The hostel was not built for winter habitation. They grow no food at these elevations. The group had to move on.

“Glaciar Cagliero from Rio Electrico,” by Carol L. Douglas.

There was no travel within Argentina without a government-issued pass. The group learned there would be a last flight from the provincial capital Rio Gallegos to Buenos Aires, intended to get foreign nationals out of the country. Rio Gallegos was about 300 miles away. “Much of the drive was through open desert, where guanacos, rheas and jackrabbits try to become road kill,” said Douglas. Armed with a jerry-can of gasoline, they departed at 4 a.m. At each checkpoint, soldiers carefully scrutinized their papers.

“We arrived at the airport in ample time, but the line was excruciatingly slow,” she said. “The airline wasn’t honoring our tickets. The terminals were not working. I checked through a half hour after our scheduled departure. The plane taxied as we were escorted to our seats.”

In Buenos Aires, any hope of a quick flight to the U.S. was dashed. They were escorted out of the airport by a soldier and spent a week in a hotel, under the watchful eye of military guards.

“El Calafate,” by Carol L. Douglas.

“I did not return with the paintings I’d intended, but I did return with paintings of a strange and wondrous part of the world,” said Douglas.

The gallery space will be an outdoor tent for the duration of the pandemic. Guests are welcome to BYOW — Bring Your Own Wineglass — and Douglas will pour drinks. Masks are required.

For more information, call 585-201-1558, or email malerincd@gmail.com.

Pam Cabañas Exhibits Diptych Shorescapes at Hedgerow Gallery

Pam Cabañas

A solo show of recent work spanning a variety of mediums by Friendship artist Pam Cabañas is the first of the summer season’s offerings at Hedgerow Gallery.

Paintings and drawings included in the exhibition are large-scale, diptych shorescapes that represent a departure for the artist.

“Working on a larger scale is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Cabañas says, “but up until now I’ve held back because, you know, Maine has small walls!”

Deciding to work at a larger scale — some pieces measure 5- by 5-feet — has really been a matter of heart, Cabañas says, a way to get more fully immersed in the experience of the coast and islands she explores in her 14-foot skiff in and around the tip of the Friendship peninsula.

“I find that your iconic Maine imagery and landscape is all here in Friendship, especially out on the islands, where I do a lot of plein-air painting.”

Most of the paintings at the Hedgerow Gallery exhibit originated as plein-air pieces and then were finished in the studio.

“When I get the work back in the studio, I begin to see it as experiential, rather than simply as a picture of what I saw on a particular day.”

Adding that experiential element, Cabañas explains, involves “a quality of light, of values and, more than anything, movement.” The paintings become more atmospheric, she says. “I do photograph a lot out there, and I do use photographs for reference when I need them, but it is also pretty hilarious sometimes to see the photograph and to see the painting because they often have very little to do with each other.”

“Island Road,” by Pam Cabañas.

Cabañas began using the diptych format for her larger work, with a single image being split horizontally into two uneven sections, the larger surmounting the smaller, as a way to scale up her work without resulting in a physically unwieldy object.

More moderate-sized work in water color, ink and acrylic — along with Cabañas’ favorite medium, charcoal — are also included in the show.

Cabañas’ Hedgerow Gallery show runs from July 2 through 11. An artist reception will be held outside on the pergola deck and in the surrounding gardens at the gallery from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 5.

COVID-19 protocols will be followed. The gallery is closed July 6 and 7. Hedgerow Gallery is at 8 Ridge Road in the Martinsville section of the St. George peninsula, between Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde.

For more information on Cabañas’ show, go to hedgerowdesign.com. For more information on her work, go to www.pamcabanas.com.

Anne Ireland Champagne Opening at The Gallery at Somes Sound

Early Reservation Recommended
Wednesday, July 8, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Early reservations recommended! Our champagne reception will be held outside by the water’s edge with tours (maximum 6 people) being offered inside the Gallery to view the show. We encourage an early reservation to guarantee your attendance – for your comfort and safety, a maximum of 20 people will be at this event.

5% of sales from Anne’s show will be donated to Maine Coast Heritage Trust because we support their mission to protect and conserve Maine’s coastal lands and islands and ecologically protect Maine’s communities.

As a colorist whose primary concern in painting is the relationship between colors (the intensity, the temperature, the value), Anne Ireland uses the landscape as a form on which to explore those connections. Colors speak to each other in a painting and it is that conversation that Ireland wants to follow.   Anne has been making art all her life in one way or another.   The unique spaces and cool light in Maine, whether it’s a foggy cove or a sun-drenched field bordered by pines, lends itself to all of her personal interests in the power of color and in rediscovering her home over and over again.

Reggie Burrows Hodges and Marilynn Karp Exhibit at Dowling Walsh Gallery

Reggie Burrows Hodges, “In Retrospect: Behind the Curtain.”

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host exhibitions of work by Reggie Burrows Hodges (June 5 to 27) and Marilynn Karp from (June 5 to Aug. 1). Also on view is an exhibition of works by Betsy Eby through June 27.

Reggie Burrows Hodges’ work centers around visual metaphor and storytelling. He works primarily large-scale on raw canvas, wood and rag paper with acrylic and pastel and explores themes such as identity, truth, surveillance and childhood memories. As method, Hodges paints from a black ground, developing the environment around the figure so it emerges from its surroundings, examining the possibility that we are all products of our environment.

This exhibition brings together multiple series of paintings, all revolving around the theme of memory. Narrative is explored directly through his childhood recollections and representations of community through invented portraiture, bringing in personal experiences as well as imagery. These works show his multifaceted approach to painting and his interest in representations of the everyday.

Marilynn Gelfman Karp, “Magpie & Bee Riff 06.”

Marilynn Karp is a sculptor whose mixed-media, found-object works are represented in collections nationally and abroad. Karp is the author of “In Flagrante Collecto: Caught in the Act of Collecting.” She holds a doctorate in physics and aesthetics and has taught art and material culture at New York University for 42 years. Karp divides her time between her New York City studio and a farmhouse in upstate New York.

The gallery is located at 365 Main St., Rockland, and open by appointment only. To make an appointment, email info@dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084. Visit www.dowlingwalsh.com for more information.

Hole In The Wall Studioworks Opens Exhibits

“Distance,” by Judith Schneider.

Hole In The Wall Studioworks in Raymond will show works by Debra Claffey (encaustics on panel) and Judith Schneider (acrylic paintings on panel) from June 20 to Aug. 10.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 20. Inside capacity will be limited to five people at a time, and a

refreshment table will be outside, in the rear of the gallery. The gallery will abide by CDC protocols in place for Maine.

Hole In The Wall Studioworks is at 1544 Roosevelt Trail (Route 302), Raymond. For more information, call 207-655-4952, or go to www.holeinthewallgallery.net.

‘Gardenship: First Voyage’ exhibit at Cove Street Arts extended through July 4

Gardenship

A vast, empty warehouse sat in the brown fields of Kearny Point, waiting for someone with a vision to give it new life. An intrepid crew of 14 Maine artists accepted the challenge, relishing the opportunity to build a new creative community out of an old Navy yard. From little more than this notion and the space, Gardenship was created.

Just a few months into the creation of Gardenship, these artists exhibit the first works created in this reborn space. This body of work is an artifact of their voyage, a visual touchstone that provides some tangible measure of their larger and more nebulous act of cultivating a space and community in harmony with those communities already in Kearny, New Jersey. The exhibition is an exciting glimpse into how this monumental project is shaping these Maine artists and influencing their work as they react to a new space and community. Where they will take Gardenship and where it will take them remains a wonderful mystery. This is the First Voyage.

The group exhibit “Gardenship: First Voyage,” curated by John Bisbee, has been extended until July 4 at Cove Street Arts.

The art center is located at 71 Cove St., Portland. Call 207-808-8911 or email info@covestreetarts.com for more information.

Camden Falls Gallery Presents ‘Homecoming’

From left, “Moondance,” by Ann Trainor Domingue; “Be Still,” by Ryan Kohler; “Buoys of Blue,” by Tom Glover.

Camden Falls Gallery opened its season with the exhibit “Homecoming 2020,” a virtual presentation with interviews and videos by and about house artists Ann Trainor Domingue and Ryan Kohler.

Camden Falls also welcomes a new artist to its gallery, Tom Glover.

The works of these three artists show the importance of time, place and the stories that keep us grounded in this uprooted season of our lives. Their ability to break down, investigate, create and rearrange the reality of what they see with their eyes and transpose it onto canvas is an impressive feat. The results of their work are fresh, audacious, bold and striking.

Ann Trainor Domingue is a New Englander. Originally from Massachusetts, she eventually found herself settling in New Hampshire. The theme of our opening show, “Homecoming,” brings about her own reflections of what “home” means. For her, “home” is about, “taking the time to go back to where the places and people remind you of times gone by — happy and sad, crazy and quiet, joyful or sentimental.” These reflections are transformed into fanciful, mythological images that retell stories visually familiar to all of us. The fisherman and his counterpart as subjects visually mirror the vocabulary deeply rooted in New England imagery of the sea.

Viewing her work is a fascinating experience of unfolding stories, which she has consciously or unconsciously packed into a single image. The layers and textures are jewels for the eyes, as we consider, ponder and work out the story being told.

Armed with a dedication to painting and an eclectic vision, Ryan Kohler is a popular emerging artist from Skowhegan. Per Kohler, “I am interested in the formal aspects of representational painting … but focus mostly on finding abstract yet implicit shapes and trying to find ways to simplify my subjects.”

It is this eclecticism and simplification of his subject matter that makes his work so visually fresh, vibrant and dynamic. Through its graphic quality and subtle references, Kohler’s work appears to be a modern twist on pop art.

Form and contour drives his work. The heavy impasto of the paint imbues his work with depth and warmly welcomes viewers to partake and experience the broad, colorfield-like spaces.

Based in New Hampshire, Tom Glover is an artist who is teeming with ideas and stories. According to Glover, it is the dichotomy between abstraction and realism that works to “keep one’s eye fresh and one’s mind flexing, adjusting, adapting and, frankly, delighted.”

Glover’s goal to ignite an immediate sense of place or memory in viewers is similar to the science-fiction qualities of Kurt Vonnegut’s writing.

Camden Falls Gallery is at 5 Public Landing, Camden. See http://www.camdenfallsgallery.com for more information.